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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1997
    Case No: 128/150 and A114566
    Model Name: Tank à Guichet
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9752 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 25.5mm. Width and 37mm. Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further signed 128/150
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A variant of the original Tank wristwatch, the Tank à Guichet was first introduced in 1928. Featuring jumping hours at the upper portion of the dial, the watch also displayed a minutes indicator at 6 o'clock. Its name derives from the apertures, which "jump" as the time advances. "Jump Hour" wristwatches were particularly popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, these wristwatches are incredibly evocative of the Deco period.

    The present watch is a limited edition of 150 examples to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cartier in 1997, with the case back engraved "1847-1997" below the "LC" logo. A re-edition wristwatch of the historical Tank à Guichet model, its cased in platinum, which is very heavy and gives incredible presence on the wrist. The unpolished case furthermore displays a combination of brushed and polished finishes, showcasing Cartier's superior craftsmanship.

  • Artist Biography

    Cartier

    French

    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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An attractive limited edition platinum rectangular wristwatch with jump hour and wandering minutes, made to commemorate Cartier's 150th anniversary

1997
25.5mm. Width and 37mm. Length
Case, dial and movement signed, case further signed 128/150

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€11,100-16,700
$11,900-17,800

Sold for CHF22,500

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